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A Systematic Review of the Suicide Prevention Program for the Elderly
Korean J Stress Res 2019;27:53-63
Published online March 31, 2019
© 2019 Korean Society of Stress Medicine.

Taekyun Gwon1 , Heeseung Choi2

1College of Nursing, Seoul National University,
2College of Nursing · The Research Institute of Nursing Science, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to: Heeseung Choi College of Nursing, Seoul National University, 103 Daehak-ro, Jongro-gu, Seoul 13080, Korea Tel: +82-2-740-8852 Fax: +82-2-740-8852 E-mail: hchoi20@snu.ac.kr
Received January 25, 2019; Revised February 11, 2019; Accepted February 11, 2019.
Articles published in stress are open-access, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0), which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Abstract

Background:

This study is a systematic review of literature to analyze the characteristics and effects of suicide prevention programs for the elderly.

Methods:

We systematically reviewed literature published from 2007 to 2018 in 8 domestic and foreign databases (KISS, NDSL, Koreamed, RISS, Pubmed, CINAHL, EMBASE, CENTRAL). The main search terms were ‘elderly’, ‘suicide’, ‘intervention program’, and included 8 articles matching the selection criteria in the final analysis. The program was divided into activities, counseling, and community support programs.

Results:

Most of the programs effectively reduced suicidal ideation and depression by reducing suicide risk factors and improving protective factors.

Conclusions:

As a result of the analysis, it was found that it is necessary to develop a specialized program for the prevention of suicide in the elderly considering social, environmental, personal and community characteristics.

Keywords : Aged, Suicide, Suicidal ideation, Methods


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